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Entry Process into Whitgift 2017

Applications for day places are accepted in the August to November of the year prior to admittance, e.g. August to November 2016 for 2017 entry.

Applications for boarding places are accepted either in the year prior to entry (as above) or, in the case of 13+ entry, a Pre-Test can be sat two years prior to entry.  Please see below.

Day Applications – 10+, 11+, 12+, 13+, 14+

Whitgift welcomes applications from boys aged 10+, 11+, 12+, 13+ and 14+ who attend both independent and maintained schools.  Although 10+, 11+ and 13+ are our main intake year groups, there are a limited number of places available to boys entering at ages 12+ and 14+.

There are opportunities to visit Whitgift during the Autumn Term by way of an Open Morning, Open Evening and a number of Open Afternoons.  The Open Afternoons are by appointment only.  Please click here for further information.

Applications should be submitted from August to the end of November in the year prior to entering the School.  These should be accompanied by scholarship and bursary applications, if applicable.  Once an application has been received, a reference will be requested from the student’s current school.

The Entrance Examination takes place in early January and parents are notified of exact timings in late December.  Boys are invited in for the whole day, with lunch provided, and sit their examination in small groups.  The Examination consists of tests in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning for 10+, 11+ and 12+, while 13+ and 14+ applicants sit tests in Mathematics, English and Science.  Section Française applicants will also sit a test in French and Ruta Hispana applicants will sit a test in Spanish.  Those boys whose first language is not English may also be required to sit an examination in English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Following the Examination, all boys who are being considered for an offer will be invited to Whitgift for an interview.  Those who are being considered for a Sport/Drama/Design Technology and Engineering/Art/Music Scholarship will also be asked to attend an assessment/audition.  These will take place towards the end of January.  Every boy who sits the Entrance Examination is automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship.

For 2017 entry, the application process begins on 15 August 2016, and the deadline date for submission of forms will be 30 November 2016. Please click here for key dates.

Day Applications – Sixth Form

Whitgift welcomes applications from prospective Sixth Form candidates to study either A Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science or Business.  The usual entry requirement for candidates studying A Levels or IB is seven GCSE passes at A*/A or equivalent grade, with A*/A or equivalent grades achieved in the subjects they wish to pursue.  In order to study a Science at A Level or Higher Level IB an A*/A or equivalent grade in GCSE Mathematics is required.  BTEC Sport and Exercise Science candidates will be required to achieve five GCSE passes at A-C or equivalent grade, including Mathematics and English.  BTEC Business candidates will be required to achieve five GCSE passes at A-C or equivalent grade, with an A-B or equivalent grade in Mathematics and English.

Applicants are invited to visit the school on Open Morning, Open Evening or a Sixth Form Open Afternoon. Open Afternoons are by appointment only. Please click here for further information.

Applications should be submitted from August to the end of December in the year prior to entering the School.  These should be accompanied by scholarship and bursary applications, if applicable. Once an application has been received, a reference will be requested from the student’s current school.

Sixth Form day applicants who are invited to sit the Entrance Examination which takes place in March will usually be required to sit tests in two of the subjects chosen for study at A Level or Higher Level International Baccalaureate.  BTEC Sport and Exercise candidates will sit an examination in PE; BTEC Business candidates will sit an examination in Business Studies.  Those boys whose first language is not English may also be required to sit an examination in English as an Additional Language (EAL).  Candidates who perform well in the Entrance Examination will be interviewed by a member of the Sixth Form Team and offer letters will be sent out in April.

For 2017 entry, the application process begins on 15 August 2016, and the deadline date for submission of forms will be 30 December 2016. Please click here for key dates.

Boarding Applications

Full and weekly boarding commences at Whitgift from Year 9 (13+).  Applications are invited for 13+ and Sixth Form entry only.

Parents and applicants are warmly invited to visit the School and Boarding House on Open Morning or Open Evening without an appointment, but Open Afternoons and alternative visit dates should be booked via the Admissions Office. Please click here for details regarding visits to Whitgift.

Candidates are expected to sit the Entrance Examinations at Whitgift but, in exceptional circumstances, the tests may be sat abroad.

Boarders are not eligible to apply for a Governor’s Bursary but they can apply for Scholarships and may be considered for a Boarding Award at the Headmaster’s discretion.

The application process for a boarding place is identical to the application process for a day place (see above) with the following exceptions:

13+ Boarding Applications

There are two options open to 13+ boarding applicants:

  • Applicants can apply from the August to November of the year prior to entry, as per day applications.
  • Applicants who wish to apply early can submit a Pre-Test application form when they are in Year 6 or Year 7 and sit a Pre-Test (tests in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning) in the May of that year. As a result they may be offered a full fees place with the option of sitting a further Entrance Examination if they wish to pursue a place with a Boarding Award.   Please contact the Admissions Office on 020 8633 9935 for further details.

16+ (Sixth Form) Boarding Applications

For Sixth Form entry as a boarder, applications are invited a year prior to entry:

  • Applicants who submit their application early (by mid-September of the year prior to entry) will sit the Entrance Examination in October of the year prior to entry and places will be offered by early November.
  • Applicants who wish to apply after mid-September are advised to check the availability of places with the Admissions Office before submitting an application. If there are places available the application deadline would be the end of December of the year prior to entry and the Entrance Examination would be held in March.